Updated on 16 October, 2021
The world of the superhero movies has been dominated by one particular character: Quicksilver. Since he first appeared in the Amazing Spider-Man comic book series, Quicksilver has become a fan favourite with readers and film makers alike. However, this character has so much history behind him that sometimes it can be confusing as to which version of Quicksilver you should follow. In this article we will look at the background of Quicksilver and why he is so important to the Spider-Man and X-Men series.
The origins of Quicksilver start in the 19th century. He was created by American inventor, Dr. Abraham Van De Graaff, as a way for a scientist to create a serum that would keep his body immune to electricity. As time passed, Van De Graaff improved on the serum, creating a new generation of these super-skins. In the late 1930s, a boy called Johnny Blaze began to use these new bullets that were much more powerful than normal guns (as they were made from Van De Graaff's new material) and used them to shoot people out of the air.
Quicksilver quickly became an iconic part of the Spider-Man and X-Men comic books. He appears throughout a number of these comic books, and is often depicted fighting villains such as the Green Goblin, Electro, and The Rhino. Often times, in these comic books, he is portrayed as being severely injured or even killed. After many years of being apart of a battle between the Avengers and the X-Men, Quicksilver was left with no further powers and was presumed dead. This led to many fans imagining him as a ghost or something similar.
However, over the years, various versions of Quicksilver have shown up. In some continuity, he was a member of the Avengers, but was presumed dead after being defeated during the "X-Men vs. Avengers" storyline. In the Secret Invasion storyline, he briefly returned as part of the Resistance, but was presumed killed by Magneto.
Due to his background as a founding member of the Avengers, many stories have taken place around him. Some of these have featured Quicksilver's daughter, Rachel Summers, and her boyfriend, Cyclops. These adventures have often included other members of the Avengers, as well. In the Ultimate Wolverine and the X-Men series, Wolverine introduced a clone of Quicksilver that later became Banshee. Later in the Wolverine and the X-Men, Banshee went on a mission in which she traveled around the world, attempting to locate and join the Avengers. Finally, in the Secret Invasion storyline, she was captured by the Skrulls along with several other resistance fighters, and was brainwashed into using their power for the Skrull's purposes.
In some newer continuity, Quicksilver has become a founding member of the Avengers. It is not entirely clear how long he has been a member, or if he joined the team before the formation of the X-Men. Quicksilver was present during the Secret Invasion, and was one of the first to battle the Skrulls when they invaded Earth. He escaped from the Skrulls after battling them briefly, but was recaptured by them after some time.
It has been suggested that Quicksilver, along with other Avengers members, may have a larger role in Secret Invasion. There are many superheros that have appeared throughout the Secret Invasion comic book era, most notably Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Spider-Man and the X-Men: Empire. There is also some conjecture as to Quicksilver becoming involved in the events of the future Marvel Civil War event. However, it is unclear if he will be appearing in future Marvel comics or films. It is also unlikely that he will reprise his role as Wolverine in the X-Men, as he has gone through significant changes over the years.
Quicksilver's appearance in the X-Men Noir story, written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Todd Maclean, is the first time that the character had been seen since the events of the original X-Men series. In the comic book series, Quicksilver went under a serious series of changes, most notably the removal of his mental ability. He was forced to develop an intense mental focus in order to deal with the psychic attacks that were now plaguing him. The mental strain of the events in the book caused Quicksilver to develop an intense fear of being exposed to psychic energy, leading to his decision to leave the X-Men. In the graphic novel, it was revealed that Magneto, the leader of the X-Men, had taken on the persona of Quicksilver in an attempt to get a rare mental ability himself - and perhaps take control over those who held under him in the team. This would explain why Quicksilver was not present at the signing of the Original X-Men contract, as he was required to undergo an intense therapy in order to recover his lost abilities.